Post by Everton News. on Jan 13, 2016 20:49:12 GMT
Ex-Premier League star Marcus Bent facing jail after threatening police with kitchen knife and meat cleaver
The former Everton, Ipswich and Charlton player was Tasered by officers who feared he was about to "chop" them at his home
Marcus Bent, 37, has admitted charges of affray and possessing bladed articles
Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent is facing jail after he admitted threatening police officers with a kitchen knife and a meat cleaver.
The former Everton, Ipswich and Charlton player was Tasered during the incident at his home in Esher, Surrey, last September, a court heard.
Bent played for 14 different clubs, including Wigan Athletic, during his career
The ex-England U21 international, 37, had initially denied charges of affray and possession of bladed articles but pleaded guilty to charge of possession of a Class A drug, namely cocaine.
But today he changed his plea to guilty to affray at Guildford Crown Court, sitting at Guildford Magistrates Court.
The two further charges of possessing a bladed article will be left to lie on file as they are incorporated into the charge of affray.
The court heard how the incident began when Bent called police reporting a break-in at his flat, claiming he had locked himself in his flat to evade intruders.
But when officers arrived, Bent rushed out and raised the cleaver at an officer, prompting a colleague to deploy his Taser on the former footballer.
The policeman feared he was going to be "chopped", a judge heard.
Prosecutor Lee Harris told the court: "On September 13 at around 9:30pm that night, the police received a 999 call from the defendant.
"He was reporting that intruders had broken into his flat and that he had locked himself in his bathroom, seeking protection.
"He went on to say the intruders were trying to get into the bathroom - they were pulling on the door.
"A few minutes later officers arrived at the address. They were buzzed-in by another resident (in the block of flats)."
Bent had initially called police reporting a break-in and said he was hiding in his bathroom
"They knocked on the door of the defendant's flat, telling him to open the door. A number of officers were present.
"The defendant rushed out of the flat. He was holding a knife in one hand and a meat cleaver in the other hand.
"One of the officers describes the knife as a 15-inch chef's knife, in his right hand. He says he had a large meat cleaver in his left hand.
"He raised it towards another officer's head and neck area. He believed he was going to chop the other officer with the cleaver.
"The officer deployed his Taser and the defendant fell to the floor as a consequence.
"It's the Crown's case he rushed from his flat holding two weapons, targeting those weapons towards the attending police officers and had to be Tasered as a consequence."
Judge Stephen Climie was told Bent - who scored 113 goals in more than 500 games as a professional before hanging up his boots in 2012 - had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges of possessing the weapons as he was on private property when he was tackled by police.
Judge Climie said: "On paper it is quite a disturbing set of events.
"It is a case where on the face of it a custodial sentence is justified, but I am not going to prejudge before sentencing."
Bent, who has previously dated model Danielle Lloyd and actress Gemma Atkinson, is due to be sentenced at the same court on February 12.
The crown court will sentence him for the drug offence at the same time.
Bent was given unconditional bail by Judge Climie.
The ex-England U21 player made his professional debut with Brentford in 1995 and played for 14 clubs during his career before retiring in 2012.
He played 574 games and scored 113 goals for clubs including Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers.
Post by Everton News. on Feb 12, 2016 17:54:35 GMT
Ex Everton player Marcus Bent escapes jail sentence for cocaine fuelled affray
Bent, 37, confronted police officers with a meat cleaver and knife while in 'delusional' state
Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent arrives at Guildford Magistrates' Court, Surrey.
Former Everton player Marcus Bent has escaped being sent to jail for confronting two officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while in a “delusional” state under the influence of cocaine.
Bent, 37, pleaded guilty at previous hearings at Guildford Crown Court to possession of cocaine and affray.
He was sentenced to a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, ordered to pay £500 compensation to each of the officers, £1,500 court fees, 200 hours community service, a two-month night-time curfew and a victim surcharge of £100.
Lee Harris, prosecuting, described how the ex-Everton, Ipswich and Charlton striker called 999 reporting that he had heard intruders in his flat in Claremont Lane, Esher, on September 13 last year.
But when police arrived, backed up by armed officers, they were initially unable to gain access to the property.
Mr Harris described how, as the officers were about to use a battering ram to force open the door, bare-chested Bent “flung” open the door and emerged with the two chef’s knives with his “eyes wide, jaw clenched, his body rigid”.
He added: “He was wild with rage.”
Mr Harris said that one of the officers, fearing his colleague was about to be attacked, Tasered Bent as he swung the knives in their direction and continued to say he could see the intruders.
Mr Harris said that when officers checked the flat, no intruders were found but they found a small amount of cocaine.
Mr Harris said that Bent told police that “whilst watching television he heard footsteps from outside the back door, saw the door handle moving up and down, he panicked, thought someone was breaking in to his flat, grabbed the two knives, he said he called 999 saying there were intruders in his flat”.
Mr Harris added that Bent, who admitted taking “two or three lines of cocaine” told police that “he genuinely expresses remorse for the circumstances he created, he never had any intention of hurting the officers”.
Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent and his partner (name not known) arrive at Guildford Magistrates' Court, Surrey.
Andrew Henley, defending, said that his client was no longer using cocaine and had self-medicated with the drug.
He said: “When his professional career ended, he is left with no direction in his life, he is left with a vacuum and in that vacuum issues from his upbringing arise, powerful, psychological matters relating to his upbringing, that is the issue he is trying to address and numb with the use of cocaine.”
Judge Stephen Climie told Bent that he had lost his good character and his self-respect but praised him for his work with a youth football team.
He said: “Prior to these proceedings you were a man of good character, you have lost that good character and it may well be that you have lost a good deal of self-respect.
“You were self-medicating, unquestionably abusing illegal drugs. There may have been difficulties in your life as a much younger man or as a child but that in no way enables the court to condone the use of class A drugs.”
The court heard that two charges of possessing bladed articles would be left to lie on file.
The ex-England Under 21 international played 574 games and scored 113 goals during his professional career at 14 different clubs.